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Barbecue Inn

Re Barbeque Inn:

Three comments:

1) Be prepared to wait a long time for your fried chicken. They make all fried chicken made to order from scratch, so it's usually about a 45 minute wait after sitting down. But when it comes out piping hot, it's worth it.

2) Bring your own honey because they don't provide it. Barbeque Inn's fried chicken was FANTASTIC, but I've heard some say that it needed some sweetness and it was a little flavorless (though incredibly juicy/crunchy). The owner told me that regulars bring their own honey sometimes.

3) Flying Saucer Pie Company is right up the street and delicious!

Mar 10, 2011
sethnavajo in Houston

Best Wings in Houston ?

For buffalo style wings: Christian Tailgate

For standard chicken wings: Beaver's (on Wed only), Barbeque Inn, and Breakfast Klub.

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Breakfast Klub
3711 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002

Mar 09, 2011
sethnavajo in Houston

Best (Decent) chicken parmesan sub in Houston?

I've been in Houston 3 years by way of New York City. I love Houston's diverse restaurant scene, and I recently put together a series of lunches at work to find the best Fried Chicken in town (Beaver's edged out Barbeque Inn in a surprise finish. Breakfast Klub placed third, Frenchy's tragically 6th).

But I am desperate for a decent chicken parmesan sub! Does anyone have any suggestions of subs where the bread is fresh and crispy, the breaded chicken crunchy and juicy, the sauce homemade and rich, and the cheese perfectly oozy?

Thanks so much for your help!

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Breakfast Klub
3711 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002

Mar 09, 2011
sethnavajo in Houston

Best Thai in Houston

Hey all,

There are some old posts about this, but I'd like to have a new one, where we really get lots of feedback about Thai food specifically. I think the favorites, as I've gathered from looking at all previous posts, are:

Kanowan
Vieng Thai
V's
Nidda Thai
Thai Bistro??

I don't believe there are any other Thai places that one would say are better than these. Let's have it out. Which is your favorite? Why? How does Vieng Thai compare to Kanowan?

For me, Kanowan's Tom Ka soup is the best I've ever had. But I can be convinced that Vieng Thai is better.

Thoughts?

Jun 11, 2009
sethnavajo in Houston

Not to be missed restaurants in Houston!

Here's my two cents, as someone who moved from NYC a year ago. Italian here, on the whole, is very average. Da Marco's is good for Houston, but likely much better in San Francisco. My recommendations:

Breakfast (besides the breakfast taco stands that others will know about far more than me):

1) Empire Cafe -- pretty good brunch fare in an excellent atmosphere
2) Whataburger's potato taquitos --- I might get a lot of flack on this board for recommending this fast food, but the potato taquitos are one of the best breakfast items I've had in my dozens of brunches in New York and Houston. The difference in textures, salty, and sweet, with the tortilla, eggs, cheese, and fried (this is key) hashbrowns is otherworldly in my opinion.

Lunch/Dinner:
1) Mark's -- Excellent New American and the Fleur de Lys of Houston (not as good as the best of San Francisco, but excellent nonetheless)
2) Hugo's--Fantastic Mexican Food
3) Indika's-- Truly innovative and unique Indian. The top-flight Indian chef uses southwestern ingedients to make authentic Indian cuisine. Great atmosphere to boot.
4) Kanowan-- One of the best Thai restaurants I've ever been to.
5) China View on Katy Freeway-- Okay, this one is special. I think New York City, despite it's large Chinatown, has largely inferior Chinese food. I know from San Francisco, you are spoiled, but this place is fantastic. The chef, despite it's shared parking lot with a La Quinta Inn, is a true master, with a very unique take on modern Chinese cuisine-- my favorite: salt and pepper-baked tofu with an apple cider soy sauce.
6) Ninfa's on Navigation--Lots of people on this board will say that it's not the same as it once was--which is likely true--but coming from New York City, where Tex-Mex is non-existent, this place was a revelation, and head over heels above any other Tex-Mex I've tried in Houston. Others might have their own Tex Mex favorites, but I'd go to at least one Tex-Mex on your trip.
7) Goode & Co. BBQ---excellent BBQ in a central location--I especially like their smoked duck. Pecan pie is fantastic there too

Other places I'd look into:
Ibiza
Van Loc --for excellent Vietnamese (Houston has a large Vietnamese population)
Grimaldi's --a bit of a trek in Sugar Land, but one of New York's best pizzerias just opened its first outpost in the country in Sugar Land, and it's just as good as the original.

Jun 11, 2009
sethnavajo in Houston

Downtown Houston Help

Go to Indika. Fantastic Indian fusion....it's right next to Dolce Vita.

Aug 24, 2008
sethnavajo in Houston

[HOU] Indian

Thanks...Kiran's is on my short list now. If he loves Indika, Kiran's has got to be good too.

Aug 20, 2008
sethnavajo in Houston

[HOU] Thai Lanna in Timbergrove

Thanks for the reply. Your post made me very hungry.

Aug 20, 2008
sethnavajo in Houston

[HOU] Indian

What are the best Indian restaurants in the Houston area, both north and south, upscale and hole-in-the-wall? As a new resident of Houston and a lover of Indian food, I'd like any suggestions. Of the places I've tried:

Indika--amazing Indian cuisine with Texas influences---truly innovative and some of the best upscale Indian I've had (equal to Devi in NYC, better than Tamarind in NYC). Even the nan has grown on me. Also, with free nana, raita, and dal, a very nice surprise!

Udipi Cafe: very good chat house, great flavors, super dosa.

I know about Himalaya, and it's next on my list (if it wasn't closed on Mondays, I would already have tried it!)

There was a recent thread about indian restaurants the week I moved here, but it was incredibly disappointing. (Older threads are similarly disappointing). First, this recent thread degenerated quickly into a conversation about Thai restaurants. Second, so many people commented with statements like: "I don't really like Indian food, but...." or "There are so many good options in Hillcroft. Try any of them." This is going to sound very testy and/or incredibly snobby (because I am about this sort of thing), but Indian chefs, like in all other cuisines, have varying degrees of skill. I'm looking for the best from knowledgeable Indian foodies only. Additionally, while buffets are okay, I'd prefer places with great a la carte menus (due to the fact that my wife is an Indian vegetarian and thus with limited options on buffets and also because the mark of a great chef is the menu preparations).

Again, I apologize for the snootiness and the semi-rant, but I get a little offended by comments (and there were many of them in the past Indian food threads) that don't recognize the same complexity in Indian cuisine that exists in Italian, French, New American, BBQ, and other cuisines.

Aug 20, 2008
sethnavajo in Houston

[HOU] Thai Lanna in Timbergrove

Not sure if you guy's know the answer to this, but do they use chicken stock in all their meals, including vegetarian dishes? Since moving here, my wife (who's a vegetarian for religious reasons) and I have been dismayed that we cannot go to Telephone Thai or the other best Thai places because they use chicken stock in everything.

Aug 20, 2008
sethnavajo in Houston

Best Chinese Anywhere in Houston?

I mean food IQ...I have no clue about his actual IQ, though to be this talented, it must be quite high. I'll stop the gushing now.

Aug 18, 2008
sethnavajo in Houston

Best Chinese Anywhere in Houston?

I am not an expert on the cuisines of the various regions of China, and China View is not a "traditional" Chinese restaurant. Others on this board are much more qualified than I to point to the best Cantonese restaurant, Szechuan, etc. Oh, and I'd LOVE recommendations from all who have such knowledge! (Fung's Kitchen is next on my list--thanks for the recommendation).

What makes China View special is that the chef has an extremely high IQ, and he's innovative. His vegetables are fresh and perfectly cooked, his sauces are flavorful and complex, and his Fried Noodle Bowl in particular is truly a foodie's dream. His salt and pepper tofu, for instance is salt-baked tofu, lightly seasoned with pepper, covered by grilled onions and peppers and served with an apple cider sauce. This is innovative cuisine on par with Indika (which deserves a whole other thread about how lucky Houston is to have such a restaurant).

I guess I never thought I'd find such a culinary genius in the parking lot of a somewhat seedy La Quinta Inn.

Aug 18, 2008
sethnavajo in Houston

Does Any NYC Chinese Rival Shiao Lan Kung/Lee How Fook in Philly

Thanks to all for excellent feedback! I primarily go to Queens for Tangra Masala and the Mets. Now I'm going to Flushing.

Aug 18, 2008
sethnavajo in Manhattan

Does Any NYC Chinese Rival Shiao Lan Kung/Lee How Fook in Philly

My use of the term "best" is obviously not set in stone, since I'm asking for advice. An incomplete list includes:

Shun Lee
NGB
Kam Chueh
Grand Sichuan(s)
Joe's Shanghai
Congee Village
Mr. K's

I've been to others, but these are some of the "best," as mentioned often on this board. Both SLK and LHF are Cantonese.

What makes SLK in particular better is what makes any top restaurant better than others: the freshness of ingredients, complexity of flavors and spices, and just the perfection of the overall menu. In particular, they serve a salt-baked tofu that is second to none and pork dumplings that are truly otherworldly. The thing is, it's one of the few restaurants I've ever been to (in which I include Daniel, JG, Craft, and a few others) where everything on the menu is perfect. It's like Di Fara: the chef is just a master at what he does and I feel almost humbled to eat his food. I've lived in NYC for over 6 years, but I go to Philly at least three times a year just to go to SLK.

And your citation of the Chinese population in Philly is what makes it all the more surprising. Philly, with the possible exception of Le Bec Fin, doesn't hold a candle to NYC in almost any other cuisine. And I'd say that the average Chinese restaurant in NYC is better than the average one in Philly. But SLK in particular (but also LHF) are better. You might say that they may just be better Cantonese, but I'd put it up against any restaurant with any cuisine (as far as you can compare apples to oranges).

Here's Craig Laban of the Philadelphia Inquirer's review:

http://www.philly.com/philly/restaura...

Aug 15, 2008
sethnavajo in Manhattan

Best Chinese Anywhere in Houston?

I'm new to Houston--have been a NYC foodie for the last 5 years.

Having moved to Houston two months ago, I've been to a few different Chinese restaurants. I've found one that supercedes all others I've been to, not only in Houston, but NYC, San Francisco, and Boston as well: China View on Katy Freeway. It's truly one of the best restaurants in terms of food quality I've been to of any cuisine and any price range. The salt and pepper tofu in particular is one of the best dishes in terms of quality of ingredients, textures, flavors, and inventiveness I've ever had.

I've been shocked to see it so rarely mentioned on this board. Do people agree with my assessment? Disagree?

For those who have been to China View, have you found better Chinese elsewhere in the city and/or country? (Only Shiao Lan Kung and Lee How Fook in Philly equal this restaurant for me regarding Chinese cuisine.)

Aug 15, 2008
sethnavajo in Houston

Does Any NYC Chinese Rival Shiao Lan Kung/Lee How Fook in Philly

I've lived in Manhattan for five years now, and I've tried all of the "best" Chinese restaurants in the city. But I have found nothing that even holds a candle to Shiao Lan Kung (and to a lesser extent Lee How Fook) in Philadelphia. Am I missing something? Does Philly really beat NYC in the best of Chinese cuisine? For those who have been to either of those Philly restaurants, do you agree? Is there someplace better here?

For those of you that haven't been, I would strongly recommend a visit to Philly just to try Shiao Lan Kung.

Aug 15, 2008
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